01 May GETTING TO KNOW…N.Y. METS OUTFIELDER MICHAEL CONFORTO
Michael Conforto, enjoyed a breakout 2017 season before tearing a capsule in his left shoulder in late August. He batted .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs in just 109 games.
Michael Thomas Conforto
Age: 25 (March 1, 1993)
Birthplace: Woodlinville, WA
Height: 6’ 1”
Drafted by: The Mets selected him in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft with the 10th overall pick.
2018 Salary: $605,094
Father: Mike Conforto, played linebacker at Penn State under Joe Paterno.
Mother: Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, won two gold medals in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in synchronized swimming, then a silver four years later in Seoul, South Korea.
Biggest Influence in your young career:
Both my parents.I think my mom, she obviously was in a different type of sport, but she knew how hard you needed to work to become the best in the world at something that you wanted to do and something you enjoyed. She always preached that to me. She always said she wasn’t the most talented, but she worked the hardest. She obsessed over it. That’s what she does now. She’s golfing. She’s doing all kinds of stuff. She’s obsessing over all kinds of things. She always told me you need to obsess about the sport that you’re playing and what you want to do. So I’ve taken that with me. My dad is a competitive guy. He was my football coach. He wasn’t afraid to get in my face, but he always built me back up in the best way. He’s lit a fire under me a few times when I needed it. So I’m happy to still have him as a role model and as a coach today.
Who’s been your most influential teammate since you became a Met?
A: Jay Bruce
Favorite Ball Player Growing Up: A: King Griffey Jr. He’s been my idol ever since I was growing up. I’m from Seattle, so he was always who I tried to look like when I was swinging the bat.
Favorite Food: A: Anything Italian I love.
How do you view your role on the 2018 team? I’m the guy that’s going to drive in runs.. A guy that doesn’t get himself out on pitches… and helps the team win.
How would you describe your hitting style? Relaxed aggression, smart intensity.
How is your shoulder feeling these days?
A: I’m feeling strong. There hasn’t been any soreness or stiffness yet. I don’t really have to think about it when I’m up at the plate. So that’s definitely the main thing here. I just want to remain healthy and help the team.